Do you sometimes wish you had a better understanding of context in order to respond in a relevant and proportionate manner to your NGO’s needs? Do you find it hard to decide which areas and which beneficiaries need your help the most, or to ensure that your help is effective in the long run? You are aware that there are loads of new tools out there you could use to collect data, but do you know which ones to use and how?
As the first step in any assessment, data collection is crucial to ensure quality data for adequate decision-making. Mobile data collection (MDC) uses smartphones to collect primary data about beneficiary needs, population movement, infrastructure location and assessment. Compared to the traditional paper-based survey approach, a properly designed mobile solution can help you save time, standardize responses, collect diversified information and produce ready-to-share and ready-to-analyse data. In technical terms, setting up a mobile data collection system is getting easier by the day, with great tools available for a growing number of needs. However, surveys, standard operating procedures and logistics can still present a challenge for organizations that have just embarked on MDC.
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In June 2016, following a second bidding process, CartONG was one of the organizations (including iMMAP and MapAction) to be retained by the UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office, setting the framework to be deployed in the WCARO region to support UNICEF country operations in Information Management and Mapping.
CartONG est en train de réaliser une étude sur les usages des NTIC dans le cadre de micro-projets de développement. Cette étude est lancée depuis le début du mois de janvier 2017 et devra être rendue dans le courant du mois de mars. Elle comprendra un travail de recherche général sur l'utilisation des NTIC dans le domaine des micro-projets, et également des fiches pratiques et cas d'études à destination des structures portant des micro-projets pour les aider à utiliser ces technologies de manière pertinente.
En savoir plus sur l'étude ici.
CartONG intervenes every year in different Bioforce Institute trainings (in particular project managers, WASH coordinators and Logisticians) to heighten awareness on the uses a good mobile data collection and mapping can bring.
CartONG is developing the mobile and analysis component of the FACET tool (a monitoring tool for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities) for Terre des hommes.
We are using Kobo/ODK for mobile data collection and a Power BI dashboard for visualisation of data and analysis.
Two 2-day trainings were organised in december 2016 and january 2017 to train Terre des hommes HQ Desks and Thematic specialists on what MDC could bring to their operations and also on knowing how to adapt a standard organisation form from one context to another (through XLS forms).
CartONG was appointed by Terre des Hommes (with a Protection consultant) to carry out a benchmarking on Case Management tools used in the Protection field. CartONG therefore undertook the evaluation of needs (with interviews with Tdh staff and with other NGOs), before testing out a certain number of tools,and working with Tdh on the strategy for the future on these subjects.
This project aims at helping ACF-US and governmental partners to set up and maintain over time the Water Information Management System of South Sudan.
In 2015-6 we conducted two trainings for IPIS, one on Mobile Data Collection and geodatabase management (5 days) and one on ArcGIS server (5 days) for their HQ staff in Antwerp.
A remote support hotline for all Tdh delegations has been set up so that they can ask for remote support from CartONG on mobile data collection (encoding, choice of tools, devices...)
CartONG set up and has been managing since 2015 a community of Terre des hommes users on data collection and analysis, using Slack as a tool.